I love Advent. The beauty and anticipation. The wonder and joy and decorations. The posture of expectant waiting.
I love it.
But Lent is where my soul really longs to be. There’s something about the intentionality, the longing, the stark beauty in suffering that always calls me. A dear friend of mine has always said, “we aren’t Christians because Christ was born — we’re Christians because He died and rose again.”
Maybe your Christian tradition doesn’t practice Lent, but you’re curious. Or maybe you’ve practiced Lent in the past and would like to step back into it this year.
Traditionally, Lent has been a time of preparation for Christians but maybe nowadays we only think of it as something for the liturgically-minded? Lent isn’t a time to earn forgiveness, celebrate shame, or dutifully “give something up” — rather it’s a time of self reflection, spiritual discipline, and repentance. As Christians, we can see the glory of the empty tomb best when we’re standing at the foot of the cross.
Lent is when we intentionally prepare to experience the joy of the Risen Lord. For many people, that means the traditional approach of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We strengthen our prayer life, look for ways to give and serve others, and fast from things that stand between our soul and God.
Whatever that looks like for you — however you choose to approach Lent this year, I’ve created an Intentional Lent series to support you in your journey. Over the next 7 weeks you’ll get to read some amazing reflections on Lent from generous women willing to share their wisdom and their stories. You’ll hear from women serving in ministry, in academia, and in their homes. I’m genuinely excited to gather and share their work with you.
Sign up here to get started! You’ll automatically receive a welcome email with some free resources as well!